Marcelo Bielsa gave his first pre-match press conference of the new season today and it’s the first time he’s spoken publically since Leeds United played Charlton back in July.
There was plenty to talk about, not least the unique challenge that Liverpool will pose, as Leeds travel to Anfield on Saturday evening.
"Everything has been sorted. It's definite that I will be here next season."
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) September 10, 2020
That is fantastic news for Leeds fans.
The team news was also brilliant, with Bielsa saying that he had all his players available for selection, except for long-term injured Adam Forshaw.
Bielsa stopped short of giving out his starting XI, as he had been prone to do in the Championship, but he did give updates on new signings Rodrigo and Robin Koch.
As quoted by BBC journalist Adam Pope, Bielsa said they were “in great physical condition. Ready to play.”
Bielsa says Rodrigo and Koch are in great physical condition. Ready to play. Forshaw remains out. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@apopey) September 10, 2020
This is exciting news for Leeds fans, with Bielsa a real stickler for fitness.
It doesn’t mean that they will play but it does look like they’ll make the bench at the very least.
We expected that Koch would start and that Rodrigo would start from the bench, but given this update, there’s every chance of both new signings starting.
Rodrigo could play in the number 10 spot with Patrick Bamford up-front, which we think is the most likely if the Spain international does make the starting XI.
We just can’t see Bamford getting dropped for the first game in the Premier League.
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